Pumpkin Soup for the Soul


Who else LOVES a piping hot bowl of soup??? I definitely do! I don’t actually have it that often, but I have to say it is one of the most comforting meals you can have. My favourite varieties are sweet potato, roasted red pepper, butternut squash and mushroom – BUT when Autumn rolls around and pumpkins hit the supermarkets again, my number one fave is definitely PUMPKIN SOUP.  We always buy a pumpkin or two in my house, for carving and decoration of course, but equally to make delicious soup with the flesh itself! I’ve also posted a recipe for my Pumpkin Chia Oat Bread if you haven’t seen it yet. So recipe number TWO to celebrate the season is my homemade Pumpkin Soup! Let’s get cooking!


Recipe (Serves 2-3)


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 500g Uncooked Pumpkin flesh, chopped in 1-2 inch chunks (approximately half the flesh you get from carving a medium-sized pumpkin)
  • 1-1.5 litre of vegetable stock
  • A solid pinch or two of ground black pepper



  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot.
  2. Add the onions and garlic, and cook until the onions are translucent.
  3. Next, add the spices – cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and coriander, and cook for another 3-4 minutes until the onions are coated.
  4. Add the chopped pumpkin, and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add your vegetable stock next – it should be enough volume to just cover the pumpkin.
  6. Add the black pepper, stir everything up, and bring to the boil.
  7. Once boiling, turn down to a simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. Blend using a handheld blender until just smooth, and you’re good to go!

Enjoy guys! I hope you loooove this one as much as me – I ADORE pumpkin soup, and always get so excited around Halloween for it! It’s a fantastic recipe for using up your leftover pumpkin from carving. Tag me if you try this one out – @theirishbalance on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook! Finally, a shout-out again to my awesome Mom for inspiring me to get this recipe up for you!

Ciara x

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